2004 Athens: Event Champions
Probably the best Amanar of the 2000s next to Cheng Fei’s
crazy bar skills
crazy beam skills
a sold, well performed and well executed floor routine
I don’t know why people forget Athens 2004
Re: this opinion “I was really excited for Jenni Pinches to represent UCLA but now I’m sad she’s not where she was last time I saw her compete and the routines are so different”
I have time to write, so I thought I might just respond to this, as it got me thinking. I would like to share my thoughts and make some reminders and clarifications:
I didn’t come back to gymnastics to repeat my old routines, or to be compared to my previous self. Of course this was inevitable, but I am not doing elite gymnastics any more, I am not targeting the best in the world or Olympic heights.
I am a new version of Jennifer Pinches.
"We all change, and that’s OK, as long as we remember all the people we used to be"- Doctor Who quote.
I feel flattered that there are people out there who admire my previous performances in artistic gymnastics and would care to see more performances of mine that are similar. Thank you. I hope I have lived up to the Olympic motto and ‘inspired a generation’.
But I will not apologise for failing to meet other people’s expectations of how I should or could be now. I am following my own path through life!
I came to UCLA to challenge myself, to prove there’s no reason why you can’t do anything you set your mind to.
Set a goal, achieve it, set a new goal, achieve that, make a new goal…….
… make the Olympics, have over a year off to experience a multitude of new adventures, challenge yourself to come back again and move to LA, keep making new decisions, moving in various directions, live life to the full…. whoever said you can’t do that?!
We are fortunate enough to be able to experience a free world, with so many options and choices. Express yourself. Travel the world. Change your mind.
Because you CAN.
UCLA is awesome and inspirational and I am so glad that I chose to come here. I will perform some, yes different, routines this year, which I hope can help my amazing team, as this new version of Pinches the gymnast. I hope my efforts might be appreciated by the audience of gymnastics, but at the end of the day, like I said, I’m following my own path.
Maybe my scores will be counted, maybe they won’t be. I am lucky enough to be part of a fantastic team or inspirational and talented people. What matters to me right now is giving my all for my Bruins, as I make my way through life, enjoying every moment.
I hope I can do proud all those who have loved and supported me, as every version of myself over time, with my attitudes.
I am so thankful for the amount of love and support I have received in my life so far.
Basically, I think I will continue to exercise my freedom to follow my own heart and plans, if you don’t mind… I am a happy lucky person :)
That’s all I wanted to say.
Now enough nonsense to do with my life philosophy, there are far more important things to think about than my emotions, and the emotions of the gymnastics world, or even gymnastics itself… although while we’re here, there are so many talented gymnasts out there right now and there is an abundance of beautiful gymnastics to look forward to seeing in the future! It’s exciting, gymternet!
I just wanted to have a chance to respond to the opinion shown in the picture above, and share my thoughts. Have a great day :)